U.S.: Still debating Russia sanctions

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April 16, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Saeed Saeed, head of the Institute for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries in Syria, speaks to reporters in front of the research center, which was hit by the U.S.-led missile attacks in the Barzeh neighborhood Saturday. Saeed denied the facility was in possession of chemical weapons.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House scrambled Monday to walk back U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s weekend announcement that new economic sanctions against Russia are imminent, but stressed the penalties are still being considered.

Haley created a firestorm Sunday when she said the new sanctions would be imposed by the Treasury Department on Monday, when, in fact, no such announcement was planned, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to clarify the situation, but her explanation created more confusion and led to suggestions that President Donald Trump had personally intervened to halt the sanctions from taking effect Monday.

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